Saturday, October 15, 2016
St. Teresa of Avila on an easy way to acquire the prayer of recollection ...
Delight to remain with Him; do not lose such an excellenttime for talking with Him as the hour after Communion.
Remember that this is a very profitable hour for the soul; if you
spend it in the company of the good Jesus, you are doing Him a
great service. Be very careful, then, daughters, not to lose it. If
you are compelled by obedience to do something else, try to leave
your soul with the Lord. For He is your Master, and, though it be
in a way you may not understand, He will not fail to teach you.
But if you take your thoughts elsewhere, and pay no more attention
to Him than if you had not received Him, and care nothing for His
being within you, how can He make Himself known to you?
presence, try to shut the bodily eyes and to open the eyes ofWhen you have received the Lord, and are in His very
the soul and to look into your own hearts. I tell you, and tell
you again, for I should like to repeat it often, that if you practise
this habit of staying with Him, not just once or twice, but wheneve
r you communicate, and strive to keep your conscience clear so
that you can often rejoice in this your Good, He will not, as I have
said, come so much disguised as to be unable to make His presence
known to you in many ways, according to the desire which you have
of seeing Him. So great, indeed, may be your longing for Him that
He will reveal Himself to you wholly.
But if we pay no heed to Him when we have received Him, and go
away from Him in search of other and baser things, what can He
do? Will He have to drag us by force to look at Him and be with Him
because He desires to reveal Himself to us? No; for when He revealed
Himself to all men plainly, and told them clearly who He was, they did
not treat Him at all well—very few of them, indeed, even believed Him.
So He grants us an exceeding great favour when He is pleased to show
us that it is He Who is in the Most Holy Sacrament.
- Way of Perfection, Chapter 34
Stay a long time after Communion ... and make frequent Spiritual
Communions throughout the day to practice the presence of God.